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Gun Violence Survivors Team Up; Violence Between Israel And Palestine Continues

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, arrive to a press conference at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is "fanning the flames" of recent violence. Speaking Tuesday night at a press conference with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Netanyahu blamed Abbas for incitement.

CREDIT: AP/Sebastian Scheiner.

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Lobbying Group Led By Gun Violence Survivors And Families Demands Common Sense Reforms. Recent incidents of gun violence have spurred on a lobbying group of gun violence survivors connected with the gun sense organization Everytown for Gun Safety. Facing strong opposition in NRA, Everytown remains undaunted and has garnered significant support from politicians and other gun groups. Calling itself the club no one wants to join, its efforts are currently concentrated in Virginia, a state where gun measures are loose and where the NRA is headquartered. [CNN]

This Woman’s Story Demonstrates Why We Need For Criminal Justice Reform. Evie Litwok, an advocate for improving conditions for aging individuals in prison, shares her story: how she became homeless and penniless after being released from prison at age 63. The article from The Nation describes the lack of support she received after leaving prison, as well as the miserable conditions she faced inside the prison, including lack of adequate medical care. [The Nation]

U.N Leader Visits Israel After Recent Violence with Palestine. Following the renewed attacks between Israel and Palestine, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made a surprise visit to Jerusalem to meet with the Israeli president. Ten Israelis and over 40 Palestinians have been killed in the past month, causing fear among the residents of Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza and Israel. The Secretary General said that Israel should “put down the weapons of despair.” [TIME]

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